Stark, New Hampshire — A storm that dumped a hard, pounding rain late Sunday night stranded dozens of campers in Nash Stream State Forest, when all the water washed out the only roads in the remote back country.

The storm struck around 10 p.m., said Valerie Gearty, of Lebanon, Maine.

“It was like someone turned on the faucet,” she said.

Throughout the night, waves of water cascaded down the hillsides, from overflowing tributaries of the Nash Stream, blowing out culverts and tearing up the dirt road, which goes more than a dozen miles before ending at Stratford Bog.

Because of the remoteness, the first calls didn’t come in until about 10 a.m. Monday, said Stark Fire Chief Barry Wentworth.

About eight people decided to hitch a ride out of their camps and the ATV ferried them along road. Another 11 people were taken down from camps in the Trio Pond area. However, there were no emergencies and most of the people chose to stay out at the camps until the road was repaired enough to get through.

That required numerous truckloads of sand and gravel, said Capt. John Accardi of the Division of Forests and Lands. By noon, people from the Stratford Bog end of Nash Stream began slowly driving out.

The roads were passable Tuesday afternoon.
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